‘Gilmore Girls’: Melissa McCarthy’s Joke on Set That Scared Visitors So Much She’s ‘Never Done It Since’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Melissa McCarthy at the BAFTA Tea Party

Sookie St. James is a beloved character on Gilmore Girls. Her clumsiness and optimistic perspective endeared her to followers. While Melissa McCarthy introduced comedy stylings to the TV present, not all of her jokes landed. 

Melissa McCarthy’s joke on the set of ‘Gilmore Girls’ that went fallacious

Melissa McCarthy at the BAFTA Tea Party
Melissa McCarthy on the BAFTA Tea Party
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Even McCarthy admits not all of her jokes have elicited laughs. 

During a 2019 look on The Late Late Show With James Corden, the actor and comic shared an instance from her Gilmore Girls days.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, McCarthy recalled how on her downtime from filming the collection, she’d stand round on the Warner Bros. lot doing a bit. It concerned her punching her character’s faux child bump whereas smoking a cigarette. 

When followers noticed McCarthy doing the gag throughout a tour of the studio, they didn’t reply nicely. 

“People were laughing and then I did it again and the second time I did it, everyone’s like, ‘No, that’s not OK,’” she stated, noting that had a studio tour had witnessed the joke. 

Melissa McCarthy and Lauren Graham at the 2001 WB Upfront All-Star PartyMelissa McCarthy and Lauren Graham at the 2001 WB Upfront All-Star Party
Melissa McCarthy and Lauren Graham on the 2001 WB Upfront All-Star Party | Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection through Getty Images

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“There’s 45 people standing behind me on tour of Warner Bros. and I was like, ‘It’s not a real belly!’” she stated. 

McCarthy instructed them she wasn’t actually pregnant however they didn’t consider her. Those on the tour rapidly shared their disapproval of what they thought was a pregnant McCartney smoking a cigarette and punching her child bump. 

“People were pointing and saying like, ‘No’ and ‘That’s not OK,’” she stated.

Three months later, McCarthy tried the gag once more. She acquired the identical outcomes. Another group of individuals touring the studio noticed her. Twice was sufficient for the Bridesmaids actor. McCarthy retired the joke and has “never done it since.” 

Melissa McCarthy wasn’t presupposed to play Sookie on ‘Gilmore Girls’

To followers of Gilmore Girls, the Mike and Molly star will all the time be the gifted chef and Lorelai Gilmore’s greatest friend. But McCarthy wasn’t initially solid as Sookie. 

Alex Borstein, who nows stars in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, signed on to play Sookie. But due to contractual obligations, the Emmy Award-winning actor needed to again out of Gilmore Girls

The present’s casting director began the seek for the best actor to play Sookie over again. In doing so, they discovered McCarthy. As the saying goes, the remaining is historical past. 

Even although Borstein didn’t play Sookie, she made a number of appearances on Gilmore Girls in the course of the present’s authentic run.

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In early episodes, she performed Drella, the grouchy harp participant on the Independence Inn. And later within the collection, she performed Miss Celine, Emily Gilmore’s stylist. 

Meanwhile, McCarthy’s grow to be one among Hollywood’s most well-known comedic actors. McCarthy’s internet price is estimated to be $70 million. The Kitchen, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and Identity Thief are only a few of her films.

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